Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee may claim to have no regrets for transphobic remarks he made earlier this year but a Jewish group in Canada has a big problem with them.
Huckabee, who is seeking the presidential nomination of the Republican Party, was scheduled to appear at a dinner for the Jewish National Fund of Canada in Ottawa on 15 October.
But the organization decided last week to cancel the appearance at a dinner in support of autism research in Israel, according to the Jewish Journal.
JNF Canada’s CEO Josh Cooper said Huckabee was disinvited because ‘the media spotlight has recently focused on Mr. Huckabee’s comments about issues that bear no relevance to JNF or autism.’
Video recently surfaced of Huckabee speaking before the National Religious Broadcasters’ convention in which he joked he should have pretended to be trans in high school so he could shower with girls.
He later said he had no regrets over what he said.
Cooper says the decision to dump Huckabee is not related to a change.org petitioncalling for Huckabee to be pulled from the dinner for spreading ‘degrading hatefulness towards and about transgender people.’
“This is a segment of our community that needs your support, not the appearance of yet further rejection and abuse, as clearly promoted by your announced speaker, Mr. Huckabee,” the petition said.
Huckabee has a long history of anti-LGBTI comments.
He had threatened to leave the Republican Party last fall over gay marriage saying he was ‘utterly exasperated with Republicans and the so-called leadership of the Republicans who have abdicated on (gay marriage).’
Huckabee has also claimed marriage equality is a threat to ‘the foundation of our society and culture.’
In addition, Huckabee led a Facebook campaign in 2012 to encourage people to eat at the Chick-fil-a restaurant chain when it was under fire for its CEO’s stance against gay marriage and financial contributions to anti-gay organizations.